District ward boundaries consultation due to end

There are just a few weeks left for local people to tell the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England where they think new ward boundaries should be drawn across Hambleton district.

The commission is asking people and organisations across Hambleton for their help to produce a new pattern of wards for 28 district councillors. In June, the commission agreed to reduce the number of councillors representing Hambleton by 16.

Max Caller, chairman of the commission, said: “We’re asking local people and organisations to help us draw up a new pattern of wards for the whole district.

“We are asking for people’s views on where they think the focal point of their community is and where the natural boundaries between communities might lie. We welcome any information people can provide that might help us draw new wards across Hambleton.

“As we draw new ward boundaries throughout Hambleton, we will look to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. We also aim to produce a pattern of wards that reflects the interests and identities of communities across the borough.

“We are gathering local people’s views before we publish draft recommendations for a new pattern of wards for Hambleton. Local residents, groups and organisations will then get a further chance to have their say on those recommendations in November.

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided to us during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole borough or just a small part of it.”

l Further information on the review is available on the Commission’s website at:www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/yorkshire-and-humberside/north-yorkshire/hambleton-fer